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Officer Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr. | Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida

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Meredith Stanley Runck, Jr.

Riviera Beach Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Friday, April 5, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 1 year, 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Murdered in prison

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Officer Runck was shot and killed with his own weapon after responding to a domestic disturbance call. Upon arrival he was told by a female victim that that the man had threatened to murder her. Officer Runck ordered the man to go home but he refused. As it began to rain Officer Runck stepped into the house and told the man not to enter it. The suspect continued to disobey the orders and was then advised that he was under arrest. Officer Runck took him by the arm and began to lead him towards the police car when a struggle ensued and Officer Runck hit the suspect with his baton.
Both men fell to the ground and the suspect gained control of Officer Runck's .357 caliber revolver and pointed it at his chest. Officer Runck shouted "Don't shoot, don't shoot" but the suspect shot him four times and then started yelling "I done shot the law." The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to 55 years in prison but was later murdered while incarcerated.
Officer Runck had been with the agency for 15 months.

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43 years and yet it seems like yesterday on a miserable rainy day in South Florida. RIP Skip you are missed and you have never been forgotten friend
Chief John Roelandts (retired) Town of Oconomowoc Police
former RBPD Sgt and friend
Deborah Sikes Roelandts
former RBPD Communications Officer and friend
Oconomowoc Wisconsin 53066

Chief John Roelandts (retired)
Town of Oconomowoc Police
April 5, 2017

 

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